Faith

VATICAN – The Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need – hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned – don't exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright. Franciscan Father John Puodziunas said he didn't like it at first.

We will be judged on how we loved, Pope says

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VATICAN – On Sunday Pope Francis said that when the Final Judgment comes, what will matter most is how much we loved God and others, especially through daily, concrete acts of charity toward those most in need.

Pope on migration: Peace isn't possible unless we go beyond dispute

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VATICAN – When it comes to migration, Pope Francis said the world, particularly Christians, must approach the issue with a “contemplative gaze” that goes beyond polemics and is guided by justice and solidarity, helping to build peace at both the global and local level.

At Mass, Jesus seeks to bring others with him to salvation, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – If people really understood that participating at Mass is witnessing Christ's suffering, death and resurrection, then maybe they would stop taking pictures, talking, making comments and acting as if it were some kind of show, Pope Francis said.

Cultural colonization blasphemes God by trying to alter His creation

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VATICAN CITY – Ideological colonization is a form of persecution that seeks to obliterate the past, eradicate what makes people different and impose uniformity, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis calls Benedict's teaching 'precious heritage'

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VATICAN CITY – The theological work and papal teaching of retired Pope Benedict XVI "continue to be a living and precious heritage for the church," Pope Francis said.

'Invest in love,' Pope says on first World Day of the Poor

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VATICAN CITY – People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said.

Care for the dying does not mean relentlessly resisting death, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, but there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives, Pope Francis said.

John Paul I takes first step to sainthood as book tries to debunk conspiracies

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VATICAN CITY – Two women may hold the key to clearing up questions still surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I and speed his journey to canonization.

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not chitchat, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

If you died today, would you be ready? Pope asks

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VATICAN – On Sunday Pope Francis encouraged people not to wait to reflect on their lives, but to ask themselves: If this was my last day on earth, am I prepared? Am I cooperating with God’s grace?